In light of the NFL announcing its Top 100 Players of 2018 and with the Green Bay Packers finalizing their spring roster, Acme Packing Company is back this week to break down the team’s 90-man roster, player-by-player. Once again, here is our 90-Man Roster Ranking, this time for 2018.
The rankings are a composite of I dividual rankings from several APC contributors. Today we start with players 90 through 81, a group that consists primarily of undrafted free agents and holdovers from last year’s practice squad.
90: DT Filipo Mokofisi
Mokofisi was a name unknown to most Packers fans when he signed as an undrafted free agent out of Utah. He did flash a bit of pass rush ability as a junior, recording five sacks. He’s a bit undersized, measuring in at 6-foot-2 and 283 pounds at his Pro Day, but his athletic testing numbers don’t seem to reflect his smaller size.
89: ILB Greer Martini
One of the two tryout players signed by the Packers after rookie minicamp, Martini is an assignment-sound, run-stopping linebacker with decent quickness. However, his speed likely will leave him lacking in the coverage department. Still, he’s got a perfect name for a drink, which should endear him to Packers fans.
88: TE Robert Tonyan
The first holdover player from last year is Tonyan, a 6-foot-5, 237 pound college wide receiver at Indiana State. He earned a practice squad spot late in the season, then received a futures contract when 2017 concluded. He recorded three straight seasons of 600 receiving yards in college, with 20 total touchdowns.
87: TE Ryan Smith
Along with Martini, Smith was signed after his tryout at rookie camp. The 6-foot-4, 257-pound Smith is a big target in the red zone and should be a willing blocker for a team that has a need at the traditional in-line tight end position.
86: LS Zach Triner
Triner was the Packers’ lone long snapper until round seven of the 2018 NFL Draft, when the team selected Mississippi State’s Hunter Bradley. Triner played at Division II Assumption College and had a tryout with the New York Jets last year, but has not played in a football game since 2014.
T-84: ILB Ahmad Thomas
Thomas is a converted safety who earned a practice squad spot with the Packers for the final month of the 2017 season. He spent three days on the Raiders’ roster after the 2017 draft before being let go. Thomas is quick and explosive and has good enough speed to be a coverage specialist at inside linebacker.
T-84: OT Kyle Meadows
The first of the Packers’ undrafted linemen, Meadows played his college ball at the University of Kentucky. Meadows was a three-year starter at tackle for the Wildcats on both sides of the line.
83: WR Jake Kumerow
The Wisconsin-Whitewater product earned a practice squad spot and a futures contract late last season. He’s big (6-foot-4), like the Packers’ drafted wide receivers in 2018. He spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Bengals, mainly on their practice squad, then was waived with an injury in training camp last season. After a cup of coffee on the Patriots’ practice squad, he landed in Green Bay for the final week of the 2017 regular season.
82: WR Colby Pearson
At BYU, Pearson was one of former Packer Taysom Hill’s secondary targets and was a teammate of Packers running back Jamaal Williams. He topped out in his senior year with 38 catches for 384 yards and four touchdowns. He’s on the smaller side for Packer receivers at this point, coming in at 6-foot and 194 pounds, but his 4.50 speed and decent quickness may give him a chance to compete in the slot.
81: ILB C.J. Johnson
A small, fast, agile linebacker, Johnson played at East Texas Baptist University and was a three-year starter. He posted a pair of sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss in 2017. Look for him to compete at weak-side linebacker.